[Grammar] I've talked to a barrister, who has helped me vs I talked to a barrister, who helped

Gunner1999

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Hi. I have a question, connected with these 2 tenses. Should we say? : I've talked to a barrister, who has helped me or I talked to a barrister, who helped me.
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Depending on context, either one could be used.
 

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I want to say that the action has recently happened.
 

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That makes no difference.

Jane: I have a legal problem.
John: Oh no. Are you getting legal advice?
Jane: I've spoken to a barrister a few times. I saw him yesterday.
John: Has he been useful?
Jane: Oh yes. He's helped me a lot.

Jane: I have a legal problem.
John: Oh no. Are you getting legal advice?
Jane: Yes, I saw a barrister yesterday.
John: Was he helpful?
Jane: Yes, he helped me a lot.
 
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